Haines Home Companion: On Learning
The beauty of having your children close together is that their play is so close. These brothers are 14 months apart, and I promise they can go for hours without realizing the rest of the world is in existence. I have to force them to drink liquids.
One thing, however, that I do not have to force is food. On Sunday I bought a large bag of apples, a large bag of oranges, many bananas and pears. As of Thursday night, we have 3 pears and 2 apples left. How in the gracious world are we going to feed 4 growing boys?
Isaac has lost three teeth, and I can tell his brain is clicking in new ways every day. He’ll finish out Kindergarten this Summer, and then he’ll go to public first grade. Homeschool for us right now is wonderful. Since I plan to stretch it through Summer, we’re doing school 3 days a week for 2 hours a day. He’s doing so well, and I have to say that the secret to teaching Kindergarten is to be as goofy as possible. I’ve changed so much in my thinking.
Having Isaac home this year has changed our lives together, the closeness. We’ve been able to sort through another year of conversation throughout the day about Jesus and Africa and making babies – you name it.
Every year they can be at home is a gift. We’re confident that next year at public school is right for our entire family, especially since I’m due at the beginning of August and need to do some major pre-school work with Ian and Jude.
Isaac is whizzing through everything I teach him, and the two younger ones have been a bit left in the dust, though their imaginations are soaring.
Sometimes I wonder how they even know their alphabet, but I guess they’re hearing more than I know.
Jude came to me yesterday morning and said, “Look Mama. Africa!”
It was a very happy moment for me.
Still. I want to have a home full of learning all day long, and some days I feel like we’re in full regression.
But yesterday I heard my boys in conversation about how big God is.
“Is God Big enough to …”
Isaac told Jude that God is big enough to crush the world, but He can be small enough to walk on the tiniest piece of grass without breaking it.
They make me Woe, and they make Whoa.